Meatless Mondays – One Year Report

Posted by Spalding Hurst

June 7, 2021

A little over one year ago, Sisters in the Nazareth Motherhouse voted to eat plant-based meals one day a week in order to reduce their carbon impact and live in solidarity with those who are affected by climate change; thus, “Meatless Mondays” began. One year later, we examine what difference fifty-two days without eating meat has made to the environment. 

Below is information on what was saved by foregoing meat for 52 Mondays:

  • 2,080 pounds of meat
  • 151,680 gallons (574,171 liters) of water
  • 1,155 square meters of land used
  •  $1,560.00 (₹113,720)
  • 28,063 lbs. (12,729 kg) of CO2e (greenhouse gas emissions, such as carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous acids).

What does it mean to save 28,063 pounds of CO2e? It is the equivalent of NOT doing one of the following things:

  • driving 31,989 miles (51,481 km) in a passenger car
  • burning 14,069 pounds (6,382 kg) of coal, or
  • consuming 1,432 gallons (5421 liters) of gasoline.

Congratulations Sisters at Nazareth, on making such a positive impact on the environment! Thank you as well to SCNs in India, Nepal, Belize, Botswana, and Kenya for continuing to eat a low-meat diet.

Here are some photos on Meatless Mondays from the Motherhouse dining room:



  1. Eugenie Coakley

    These measures of collective impact are really impressive. Well done! Trying the same practice.

  2. Ann Moyalan

    For me this commitment to ” Meatless Mondays” is very educative, inspiring and interesting one . I bet you feel healthier too. Congratulations Dear Sisters.


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